Originally posted by neo96
we are out there in the rest of the world because the treehuggers will not let us drill here
we still have alot of resources ALOT and they handcuff drilling here at home.
its their fault. DRILL DRILL DRILL!
This is such a funny meme. Let us explore it from a few angles:
The US ALREADY gets about 25% of it's oil from within it's own borders. So to pretend we don't drill here is obviously false. In addition, unless one
believes in the fairy tale of 'aboitic oil', one recognizes that productivity of existing reserves in the US has declined since the 70's, which is the
main we reason drilling is not expanding exponentially. The oil likely isnt there, and what is there isn't profitable to extract.
In addition, I would like to explore this notion that just more drilling will be in the shot-term or long-term interest of the US. In the short term,
drilling wouldn't effect oil prices, because those prices are set by speculators who see the big picture of the market. The market ALREADY accounts
for the oil in the ground. Doesnt matter how much you take out of the ground, especially since the current prices in the US are kept ARTIFICIALLY LOW
by government subsidies (supported by so-called conservatives).
And in the long-term, pulling whatever last remnants of oil we have left under our soil is obviously not beneficial to the future of the US, as we
continue to NEED oil, and might want to save a barrel or two for the future. Unless you believe we should just burn it all up tomorrow at the lake so
we dont have anything left to power infrastructure in the coming decades.
So, yes, "Drill baby drill" while blaming those wacky liberal environmentalists* sure makes a simple soundbite and easy scapegoat, but the actual
facts, when explored even a little bit, show this is a mindless meme perpetuated by those who seek to blame instead of looking at actual solutions.
If anything, and now I am speaking hyperbolically, the only people who would want us to drill more are those who wish to see the USA collapse, because
removing our last remnants of oil would make the US LES stable.
*and although it's a false accusation, isn't it funny to blame environmentalists for pushing companies overseas to destroy their natural resources
when that's actually in the interest of the US? Why would we want to decimate our environment that will only lower the value of our land? Doesnt make
Better to let Brazil and Canada and the mideast screw up their environment for our big apatite!
edit on 23-4-2011 by
incrediblelousminds because: (no reason given)